UK has 'two weeks' to protect against major computer virus

The UK has a "two week period" to protect itself from a major computer virus that could give hackers access to sensitive information - costing the country millions of pounds, the National Crime Agency has said.

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Worldwide software hacker 'may never be arrested'

The suspected mastermind behind software which wiped out millions of pounds from its victims around the world may never be arrested due to Russian extradition laws.

Between 500,000 and 1 million machines worldwide were infected with the malicious software, which derived from the original "Zeus" trojan for stealing financial passwords that emerged in 2006.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, used the online monikers “lucky12345” and “slavik." Credit: FBI

Russia does not extradite accused criminals to other countries, so hacker Evgeniy Bogachev may never be charged in a US court.

Top FBI official James Cole said: "We are in contact with (Russia) and we've been having discussions with them about moving forward and about trying to get custody of Mr. Bogachev," but he declined to provide further details.

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